In mid September, as a technical specialist, I travelled with our client to Saskatoon to oversee the printing of Yukon’s largest annual publishing project – the 2010 Yukon Vacation Planner. This was a 3 day-and-night process.
Printing 170,000 copies on a web press involves printing a 16-page section of the 120-page book in one pass. On the far left end of the press (see video) are four-foot-wide rolls of magazine grade paper fed through five printing towers. The “web” aspect of this kind of press is that one continuous roll of paper runs through the printing towers, a 35-footlong drying “oven” to dry the ink, then through a large folding unit at the end of the press.
And yes, paper does fly. Just check out (and hear) the speed of the press. The guy at the end of this massive printing press is actually called the “flyer” as his job is to offload the finished sections of the project, stacking them on pallets for the next stage of collating and finishing.